A workshop on “Elimination of Violence against Women: Preventing Child and Forced Marriage” took place on November 23-24, 2005. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with technical support from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Participants included ministers and high ranking officials, international and national non-governmental organizations, media, academics and representatives of various UN agencies. On the first day of the workshop participants discussed child and forced marriages from the legal, social and economic perspectives, and analyzed social and economic causes and consequences of child and forced marriages as well as legal implications of these practices. During the second day, policy makers and civil society engaged in discussions on possible programs and mechanisms for eliminating child and forced marriages.
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